In sum, the novel is a quirky trip through hip Memphis with a pastiche of offbeat artists and musicians. Responsible adults are few and far between and the kids are free to do whatever they want. This sets up an original story with interesting characters, but the characters are largely the same -- artistic kids with endless free time and adults with no responsibilities. They all seemed adrift and I found them hard to relate to. There's a significant attempt at deep meaning in the end, but I couldn't figure out what I was supposed to get from it.